Our body of work demonstrates our ability to handle challenging briefs in a variety of locations and contexts. Our designs are developed to be innovative, collaborative and environmentally sensitive and we have the ability to evolve the design process by enriching the unique local context through an international architectural language, with specific emphasis given to craftsmanship and sustainability. We treat every client as an individual and respect that every project is unique.
Awards include The European Hotel Design Awards (Winner 2007 & shortlisted 2010), The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture-Mies van der Rohe Award (Nominated 2009 & 2013) and the World Architecture Festival – WAF Awards (shortilisted 2011). Divercity has been selected by Wallpaper* magazine amongst the world’s leading young architecture practices for its annual Architects Directory in 2009. Projects and work have been published in architectural books and magazines and included in exhibitions internationally.
In 2012 Divercity has participated in Faliro 2014 joint venture which has prepared the Masterplan and architecture for the Faleron Bay Regeneration Project in Athens, based on the concepts proposed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
The Joannou family’s core business is construction and concessions through J&P (Overseas), where Dakis Joannou is Chairman and J&P-AVAX, where Christos Joannou is Chairman. The family is also active in shipping, quick service restaurants, real estate development, and hotel ownership and operations, including the Intercontinental Hotel in Athens, and YES Hotels Group, comprising of premium design hotels such as the Semiramis Hotel, designed by Karim Rashid and New Hotel, designed by the Campana brothers. Dakis Joannou, is one of the world’s foremost collectors of contemporary art, his collection having been on display at the New Museum in New York and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Dedicated to contributing to society, the family has created the Christos Stelios Ioannou Foundation in Cyprus for children with special needs, the Ioannou Center for Byzantine and Classical Studies at Oxford University, the Stelios Ioannou Library at the University of Cyprus and DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art.
Miltos Kambourides is the Founder and Managing Partner of Dolphin Capital Partners (DCP). DCP was founded in 2004 and is an investment company, specializing in real estate investments. DCP’s main investment vehicle is Dolphin Capital Investors (DCI), one of the largest real estate companies by net assets listed on AIM (Alternative Investment Market) of the London Stock Exchange. Since its inception in 2005, DCI has raised almost €1 billion of equity funds and has grown to become a leading global real estate investor and developer of seafront leisure integrated resorts in Eastern Mediterranean and the Americas such as Amanzoe in Greece and Amanera in Dominican Republic.
Amanzoe is the flagship resort of DCI in Greece, which is managed by Amanresorts. It is the first phase of the Porto Heli Collection and opened in summer 2012 to rave reviews from the international press and guests alike; it is the first villa-integrated Aman resort in Europe and arguably the most exclusive development the Mediterranean today. Nearby, DCI opened in summer of 2014 the Nikki Beach Resort – a redevelopment of a 70’s hotel building right on waters’ edge, which will comprise hotel suites, condos and beach club.
DCP recently established a new investment vehicle, Dolphin Capital Opportunities (DCO), which focuses on hotel investments in Greece.
J&P-AVAX is one of the largest concession owners and operators in Greece owning significant stakes in major motorways, such as Attiki Odos and the Rion-Antirrion bridge, car parks, marinas, social infrastructure PPP projects. The company is also the major shareholder and main contractor of the luxurious Limassol Marina project and has a presence in projects in Cyprus, Romania and Poland. It is part the J&P (Overseas) group, one of the largest construction groups in the Middle East, with more than 40 years of presence in the region and an established brand name, having built landmark projects like the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh, the Al Bustan Palace Muscat and the Doha Intercontinental, the Foster + partners Partners designed newly built Queen Alia International Airport in Amman Jordan.